There are new eateries opening up in Peckham almost every week. Aside is the newest venue from the team that brought us Old Spike Coffee Roasters, but offers so much more than a good flat white…
This neighbourhood eatery is found within the former Peckham Assembly site, a community space established in 1986. The dining room, which seats 35, has a basic but stylish design, I particularly liked the two-tiered tables which conceal the plates and cutlery on the lower level.
The drinks bar at Aside is already garnering a good reputation. The team here have carefully selected spirits they love and used them to create innovative and creative concoctions, perfect with food or alone. Try a whisky based Rob Roy or Aside’s take on a classic Old Fashioned.
Along with the strong cocktails, Aside serves up vibrant food which focuses on local produce and seasonal ingredients. Particularly memorable was the creamy burrata with perfectly ripe peaches and the pretty and zesty seabass ceviche. I also loved the beautiful Bulls heart tomato with a light but intense lovage dressing, a reminder of the dwindling summer season.
For a more substantial dish the Cod with girolles and corn was a gorgeously buttery dish. The fillet was perfectly cooked and fell apart, paired with chunks of sweetcorn and woody mushrooms. An indulgent but light plate of food. Beetroot & nasturtium was a colourful side dish, though it would have complemented a meat recipe better than the subtle fish dish.
Desserts were the weakest part of the meal. There were two simple options and we tried one of each: Chocolate & raspberries and Blackcurrant & buttermilk. The fruity blackcurrant pudding looked pretty but tasted unexceptional with a strange combination of textures. The chocolate dessert was visually unappealing but would be a hit with chocolate lovers.
I loved the Aside experience and want to go back to try the weekend lunch menu… when it will be early enough to also indulge in a few cups of South-East London’s best coffee.
More information and book a table at Aside here.